Ah yes, Valentine’s Day. It’s about more than just love and romance. I’m sure you all know where I’m going with this: sex. No need to roll your eyes, we all know that your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner is leading up to one thing. That is, unless you’re on the #fuckfirst trend that’s been going around for a few years now. Being bloated is definitely not sexy.
But if you do plan on taking the traditional route through this holiday, why not take into consideration what you’re going to be eating? Depending on what you choose, it may very well help you out later in the night.
Aphrodisiacs are foods, drinks, and drugs that stimulate sexual desire or libido. The word itself comes from the phrase “pertaining to Aphrodite,” who is the Greek goddess of love. Oh la la. They may have the reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable, but unfortunately, there is no scientific research backing them up. Overall, they are recognized by how they appear in historical writing and past cultures. The scientific studies that do mention them claim that they only “work” due to the placebo effect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun with our food.
There are, of course, the really well known aphrodisiacs: oysters, chocolate, red wine, and vanilla. But there are also a few out there that you would never expect, like avocado. It apparently helps your body produce more hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone which stimulate sexual response like clitoral swelling and vaginal lubrication. And who isn’t up for grabbing some street tacos? Cheap and sexy.
Or how about hot chilies? These help increase your circulation to get blood pumping. They also stimulate nerve endings so you’ll end up feeling more turned on. You can also add pomegranates to that list. They apparently increase genital sensitivity.
There is also a long list of plants, spices, and foods that are super easy to plant and grow yourself. May I suggest an aphrodisiac garden? You’ll have fun all the way from the garden to the bedroom. And for your apartment dwellers, many of these plants you can grow inside your house on a windowsill, so no need to feel left out. Here is just a small list of some of the plants that have the qualities to be an aphrodisiac: fennel, tomatoes, strawberries, chamomile, lavender, mint, arugula, anise, lemon balm, and last but not least, horny goat weed. Could the name be more perfect?
So why not grab a few of these foods and spices and prepare a meal for the person you have your eye on. And whether they work or not, you’ll both be happier when the meal is over.